The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.
The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.
Our website is updated periodically, primarily in April for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.
For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.
Open House during Art-A-Whirl
Please come and visit Compassionate Ocean
Dharma Center during the Northeast Minneapolis
Arts Association's Art-A-Whirl. The Open House
will be taking the place of the Weekend Sesshin.
If you can volunteer during the event, please
phone the Center at (612) 781-7640 or
Open House Hours:
Friday, May 20, 5:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 21, 12:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Baika Workshop with Visiting Teacher from Japan
Sunday, June 12, 1:00-4:00 P.M
On Saturday June 12 we will host a special workshop on Baika, a form of Buddhist hymn singing developed by the Soto Zen school to express the depth and beauty of human life and of Buddhist teaching. This workshop, open to all, is being offered free of charge by the Soto Zen school in Japan.
Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Location: 4140 Xerxes Ave. S. in southwest Minneapolis (map)
This fundraiser for Compassionate Ocean invites donations of good quality items, including furniture, kitchenware, decorative items, toys, games, books, CDs and DVDs, and gently used clothing. Please avoid outdated electronics, and call in advance to discuss donations of especially heavy or bulky items. Please come to shop as well! Volunteers are also needed; please call the Center.
2016 Membership Campaign Now Under Way
You are invited to become a sustaining member of Compassionate Ocean Dharma
Center. Membership is encouraged for everyone who would like to support the continued
life and development of the Center.
For a Future to Be Possible Event
Potluck at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May 27, June 10, July 22
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 7- July 26.
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 9- July 28.
New people are always welcome at our Friday
and Sunday morning gatherings.To provide
a special welcome, welcome sessions that
include an orientation to our practice are
offered periodically. These are excellent
opportunities to find out more about sangha
gatherings if you are curious but haven't got
around to coming.
Introduction to Zen Practice
A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related
No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, June 13 and June 20, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal This day will include sitting and walking meditation, yoga practice, body scan, and a Dharma talk. Includes vegetarian lunch. Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers.